Self-Hosting or using a service?

Discussion created by jbrown Expert on Apr 25, 2012
Latest reply on Apr 25, 2012 by CarstenLevin

Hey all,

As my school region (3 schools) prepares to use a solution I've created for one school, I need to consider the hosting needs. Currently our database is hosted at one school (mine) and its used on campus. Very few people have access to it remotely.


Next year, three schools will be using this system. The server guy is worried that 80 users connecting to it remotely would significantly drain its ability to be stable. I'm sure he knows what he's talking about. But I wonder if its necessary.


He considered using a filemaker hosting service, as I'm sure many of you know about and maybe provide. What are the advantages of it?

My biggest wonders are:

  1. Is it a pain to pull it offline to fill in some global fields (once every 12 weeks)?
  2. Will teachers need the 'log in remotely' ability? Right now I have a launcher file on each desktop. I assume I'd need to redirect the open file step to that remote location.
  3. Will I have access to FM Go capabilities


We do have Fm12 (i'm rebuilding the database to be used on that), and FMSA12. Is it necessary, for three schools, about 80 users, to need a hosting service, or should I continue to host it myself?